18: Mission: Impossible

This week, we disavow any knowledge of Brian de Palma’s 1996 spy thriller Mission: Impossible. How does 1996 reimagine the 1960s’ spycraft of the original TV series? How does a labyrinthine plot collapse into three big actions sequences? Is this the Tom Cruise franchise we were waiting for?

Content warning: violence, drugs, betrayal

Unanswered Questions:

  • Does this film function as a response to GoldenEye? If so, in what ways?
  • What are the politics of the IMF, of individual heroism, and of American treason in a pre-9/11 world?
  • What is the function of a blockbuster franchise at this point in Cruise’s career?

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